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What is the Purpose of Life?

Jewish thought answers with one word: pleasure.

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(17) harry, May 23, 2013 9:08 AM

anybody who wants to know what the purpose of life is should study chassidic philosophy, "pleasure" is not the purpose of life, to become one with our Creator is- if that leads to pleasure then that's great but its not an end in itself...

Anonymous, November 23, 2014 10:02 AM

Completely agree. There is so much truth in chassidus and while G-d obviously doesn't NEED anything from us, you cannot disprove that he DESIRES* we do our best to light up the world with Godliness.

*a desire you cannot explain

(16) SusanE, March 5, 2012 7:59 PM

I Don't Understand Everything

So, seeking pleasure is seeking G-d? Seeking a way back to the Garden of pleasure? Finding a way to return to our original purpose and having Torah as our guide to get closer to there again? Making choices throughout our lives and receiving lasting pleasure or 'quick fix' pleasure defines how we did on the choices and if the choices we make bring us closer to G-ds purpose for us? There is a difference between Purpose in life and Meaning of life isn't there? Thank you for the video.

(15) Anonymous, January 13, 2012 3:05 AM

interesting idea not well explained

when you think about life you want the most true/real happiness because everything else is just second best. By thought and logic you get to the conclusion that God is the ultimate reality and the ultimate good and you want to get yourself closer to God (through knowledge of torah and science). Of course as one develops over time he will understand a bigger world picture and he will have humility and understand that it is the whole world that should be coming close to god. This is a good start but he doesn't describe what is this happiness. This is a good start but as one develops this should not be his driving force. Maimonides-the highest aim of man is knowledge of God

(14) Glenn, December 13, 2011 3:06 AM

One thing missing

The purpose of life is to Glorify G-d and to enjoy Him. He is the object not us.

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